La Liberté Vandalized at the Louvre in Lens

Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)
La Liberté guidant le peuple
Oil on Canvas - 260 x 325 cm
Paris, Musée du Louvre
Photo : RMNGP/H. Lewandowski

7/2/13 - Vandalism - Louvre-Lens - A terse press release from the Louvre has just confirmed the news which had spread on Twitter last night : a woman visiting the Louvre-Lens scribbled an inscription with a marker on the lower part of La Liberté Guidant le Peuple by Delacroix (ill.) and was stopped by the police.
The press release adds : "at first glance, the inscription, superficial, should be easily cleaned". We hope so, except that for the moment, this is not at all sure and a restorer has been immediately sent to Lens to estimate the extent of the damage. According to the France 3 Nord-Pas-de-Calais website, which was apparently the first to break the news, these marks measure at least 30 cm.

Of course, this could have just as well happened in Paris where the painting remained intact for over one and a half centuries. But this happened in Lens, one and a half months after arriving in a place where La Liberté, a fragile painting as we have pointed out many times here, has strictly no business being and should never have left the Louvre.

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Didier Rykner, lundi 11 février 2013


The felt-tip inscription was entirely removed with no remaining damage to the painting (see article, in French).

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